June 11th, 2014 |

CHIC MERMAID PARTY by WH HOSTESS

mermaid under the sea party by wh hostessI have a drop-dead-gorgeous party to share with you today!  I recently designed the paper goods for one of my favorite California clients’ daughter’s birthday party: an under-the-sea mermaid party full of sea-worthy props, gorgeous florals, and decorations.  This party is fit for a mermaid princess!

Francesca’s 4th birthday took place on a sunny spring day at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, California, on a grassy terrace overlooking the harbor. The perfect setting for an under-the-sea Mermaid party!  WH Hostess custom-designed a suite of stationery, fabric and cake plate clings that set the color palette and jumping off point for the party decorations.

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mermaid under the sea invitation by wh hostessThe invitation from WH Hostess featured an elaborate border of sea shells, star fish and a gorgeous mermaid princess, accessorized with a shell crown and statement necklace.  The invitations were delivered in an aqua blue box, wrapped with ribbon and a starfish.  Within each box was also a strand of pearls (girls) or a pirate’s patch (boys) to wear to the party.

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mermaid under the sea party from wh hostessUpon arrival, guests were greeted with an oversized-welcome sign featuring the mermaid princess, and walked thru a space full of bubbles as they were transported to an “underwater mermaid grotto”.

mermaid under the sea party from wh hostessThe little guests were transformed into a mermaid or pirate for the day. Little girls had their choice of pink or aqua tutus, mermaid starfish wands, white t-shirts, sea horse headbands and, of course, pearl necklaces.  The dress up area was staged with prop furniture and found items from the sea.  Large, pink balloons soared above the dress-up area, and the boys had their own sunken trunk of treasures filled with pirate hats, swords, pirate’s booty, mustaches, and pirate’s patches to wear.

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mermaid under the sea party from wh hostess

The kids’ tables were set with crisp, white linens and custom-made table runners made from WH Hostess’ under the sea patterned fabric.  Centerpieces included vases of shells, gorgeous florals, star fish and pieces of driftwood.

mermaid under the sea party from wh hostess

mermaid under the sea party from wh hostess

mermaid under the sea party from wh hostessGuests spent the afternoon in an mermaid-themed bounce house, a sing-along with Ariel, searching for pirate booty with Captain Hook, and decorating their own seashell picture frames. They all loved blowing bubbles out of the special bubble tins from WH Hostess.

mermaid under the sea party from wh hostess

mermaid under the sea party from wh hostess

mermaid under the sea party from wh hostessThe adults could choose from stations for lunch: a slider station with freshly-made french fries served in individual cones, a street taco station, shrimp and mango salad, and fresh spring green salad.  We used food tent cards to identify the food items, and they added a pop of the bubbles pattern to the decor.

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The children had their own buffet with fish and chips, fish-shaped sandwiches, crudités and hummus served in individual fish bowls, fruit salad and lemonade.

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A bar was set up on a table covered with a white tablecloth and an extra-wide table runner made with WH Hostess’s shell de lis patterned fabric.  Labeled drink dispensers full of lemonade and filtered water with berries sat atop the bar, along with wine and beer.  A large drink menu was framed on the table for easy viewing for guests.

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Sweet & Saucy Shop baked the desserts and laid out the dessert table.  The table was covered in an aqua sequin tablecloth that made the desserts look like they were floating in the ocean!  The fabric backdrop from WH Hostess featured the elaborate shell and starfish border, along with the mermaid princess and Francesca’s name.  White cake stands floated atop the table, and each held a bubble cake plate cling to add a touch of pattern. A coordinating pennant banner that said “Under the Sea” was strung across the front of the table.

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Desserts included a gorgeous vanilla chiffon cake with lemon cream and raspberries, sea foam vanilla shooters, sea turtle macarons, sea pearl cake pops, and strawberry sea shell cupcakes. Wonderland Bakery made beautiful mermaid sugar cookies to match the invitations.

mermaid under the sea party from wh hostess

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mermaid under the sea party from wh hostess

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At the end of the party, the children grabbed party favors that were displayed in a vintage boat.  The favors consisted of beach pails filled with pirate’s booty snack, dried seaweed, mermaid or pirate water bottles, fish-shaped sidewalk chalk, stuffed fish, beach balls, and shark beach toys.  The pail had a “thank you for partying under the sea” sticker on them, and they were tied up with cellophane with a round gift tag and a bow.

mermaid party cake plate clings by wh hostessWhat a gorgeous party, right?!  I love the natural glamor the found objects and props added to the already beautiful setting.  Francesca’s mother styled a gorgeous party, showcasing the perfect example of how to create a stylized theme party.  It was such a joy to work with her to design the paper goods!  This new collection has quickly become one of my new favorites!  You can view the paper goods, fabric and cake plate clings HERE.  And see below for a list of the vendors used to create this party.

Resources:

Invitation, Paper Goods, Bubble Tins, Fabric & Cake Plate Clings - WH Hostess  |  Dessert Table - Sweet & Saucy Shop  |  Sugar Cookies - Wonderland Bakery  |  Props & Florals - Archive Rentals  |  Location - Balboa Bay Club  |  Photographer - Melanie Osorio Photography  |  Tutus - Monkey Moodle Bowtique  |  Starfish wands - Kate Kate NYC  |  Starfish headbands - Knots  |  Party Favor Items - Oriental Trading

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 9th, 2014 |

4th OF JULY CAKE PLATE CLINGS | ORDER NOW!

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Summer brings a whole new collection of red, white and blue Cake Plate Clings to WH Hostess.  Dress up your 4th of July BBQs, summer picnics and clambakes with these festive decorative liners.  Cake Plate Clings {patent-pending} are reusable, non-adhesive, slide-free and printed with environmentally-friendly ink and materials.  They are the perfect accessory to your dessert table or buffet, and also make a fabulous gift!
Order your patriotic Cake Plate Clings this week in order to guarantee delivery for the 4th of July! And don’t forget about summer parties….it’s time to start planning your summer soirees!  We have a fabulous assortment of party invitations and paper goods for kids partiesbaby showers and summer bbqs!
June 3rd, 2014 |

WHAT WILL IT BEE? BABY SHOWER by WH HOSTESS

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When throwing a baby shower for a couple that remains in the dark about the gender of their baby, it’s important to choose a gender-neutral color palette, and a theme that appeals to the parent’s design aesthetic.  Today, I’m sharing the details of my “What Will it Bee?” Baby Shower – a chapter from my book, Stylish Kids’ Parties.  The full party, DIY projects, recipes and printable templates are available in the book, and you can purchase a signed copy here.

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A bumble bee theme is classic choice for a baby shower or a child’s birthday party, and is typically executed in a crisp yellow, black and white color story.  To bring a fresh approach to this classic theme, I swapped out the black for a French blue and added in some preppy provincial touches, such as textile-mixing with a clover pattern and a tight stripe.

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This party was inspired by the Bumble Bee Topiary collection from WH Hostess, which combines these playful patterns, along with a lemon topiary tree, and a classic bumble bee icon.  These charming elements can be repeated throughout the party décor and details to create a cohesive look for your Mama-to-Bee.

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Carrying the details throughout your party décor will help you create a cohesive party.  For this theme, we used lemons as a detail to both reference the lemon topiary tree on the invitation, but also to infuse the bright color yellow throughout the entire party.  Tip: produce can be a great, affordable centerpiece for any party.  Take a peek around your grocery store for inspiration that could work with just about any color palette.

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The crisp, white location for our “What will it bee?” baby shower really made our French blue and yellow color palette pop.  White Chivari chairs saddled up next to tables dressed in tablecloths made from a textured white fabric from Dwell Studio.  The modern chain link pattern is one that we use frequently to infuse texture into tables or backdrops. We layered navy blue charger plates, white china and basic silverware onto the table, and accessorized it with blue goblets.

Napkins were dressed up with personalized honeycomb place cards (a DIY template in the book) that were wrapped around with a yellow grosgrain ribbon.

A hanging menu card  is a colorful way to dress up the white Chivari chairs and also inform guests of the details of the meal they are about to enjoy.

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Often times, guests remain seated at their tables while the guest of honor opens her gifts. It can be fun to engage the guests in a simple game during this time, such as baby bingo. You can find our coordinating baby bingo cards now in the shop!

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Whether it’s a cocktail, a mocktail (non-alcoholic for the mama-to-bee) or just a party staple like lemonade or iced tea, I like to continue my party theme into a signature drink, complete with coordinating accessories.  For this party, lemonade was served up with a dash of honey, a sprig of mint leaves and a wooden honey stick…. delicious and stylish!

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Desserts are always a treasured treat at any party! They are not only delicious, but a well-styled table can also serve as décor and a main decoration for your party space.  It’s a great place to pull together all of the elements of your party to create one gorgeous surprise!

A simple white tablecloth was enhanced with a clover patterned square topper in our French blue and yellow color palette.  We covered a large board to serve as the table’s backdrop with the same white textured fabric from Dwell Studio that was used for tablecloths on our lunch tables. This allowed the yellow candy and desserts to really stand out, and created a sense of continuity with the other tables in the room.

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All white and glass serving pieces were used to highlight the array of yellow candy from Candywarehouse.com. We dressed up the cake stands with Cake Plate Clings (reusable, washable, non-adhesive liners) in coordinating patterns to add a pop of pattern.  The monochromatic candy was displayed in either glass apothecary jars or stacked up on cake stands. To tie in with our lemon element to the party, all of the candies were lemon-flavored.

lemon candy overheadSome of the dessert highlights included a lemon mousse cake, mini cupcakes with flags that asked “what will it bee?”, honeycomb-shaped cookies with tiny sugar bee decorations on them, and darling bumble bee cake pops from Sweet Lauren Cakes that flew above the candy on the table.

bumble bee cake pops verticalI baked a bee hive-shaped Bundt cake that I drizzled white royal icing on and then embellished with some sugar bee decoration.

beehive cake verticalMy favorite dessert of the afternoon was my honeycomb-shaped lemon tart.  One of my go-to recipes for parties; I re-vamped the tart crust to be a hexagon shape.  When laid out together on a serving tray, they look just like a honeycomb!  The recipe and directions for making the lemon tarts is available in the book.

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A little pot of honey is the perfect take-home treat for guests to remember this special event.  Dress up your jar with a fabric or paper embellishment on the lid, and a customized label.

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May 28th, 2014 |

NEW PRODUCT: CENTERPIECE CLINGS

boy puppy party centerpiece clingWhen a new product hits the shop, I get excited!  This product – well, it was one of those hit-yourself-on-the-forehead-and-say “Duh!  Why didn’t we do these before!?” products.  Centerpiece Clings.  Yup, a smaller version of our popular Cake Plate Clings that can be used on your basic, everyday vases, glasses and hurricanes to create a custom-looking centerpiece that is party-ready.

navy monogram centerpiece cling verticalCenterpiece Clings have been added to each of our popular party collections.  Everything from our sweet little monkey, to our classic puppy party doghouse, to our princess silhouette, and crisp monograms (in SO MANY different color combinations) – each one offers a unique accent for our boy and girl theme parties, baby showers and more.girl monkey centerpiece clingpastel princess centerpiece clingturq sunrise monogram centerpiece cling

Just like our Cake Plate Clings, a patent-pending product from WH Hostess, Centerpiece Clings are a novel series of decorative linings/accessories designed for cake stands, pedestals and serving dishes, and now we can add vases to the list!  Centerpiece Clings are washable, reusable, non-adhesive, slide-free, residue-free and printed with environmentally friendly ink and material.

peeling off cling horizontalCenterpiece Clings add a fashionable element to party decorations by clinging to your centerpiece vessels without adhesive. Clings can be customized for individual needs, by including initials, monograms or sayings. Care is simple: peel the cling off your serving piece after use, hand-wash with warm water and store flat for future use.

May 22nd, 2014 |

PARTIES by WH HOSTESS | BABY CHIC SHOWER DECORATIONS, DESSERTS & DIY PROJECTS

baby-chic-invitationThis post is LONG overdue!  About a year and a half ago, my mother and I hosted a baby shower for my sister to welcome my sweet nephew, Benjamin.  I had to keep the photos secret for awhile, as they were to be featured in my book, Stylish Kids’ Parties.  I’m thrilled to share it with you today, and have so many fun DIY details that I hope will inspire you to incorporate into some of your future events.

Guests were invited with the Chic Baby Stork party invitation from our new Baby by WH Hostess collection.  it offered up a trendy, gender-neutral color palette of aqua blue, coral, and white that we carried out throughout the party.  I wanted to create an event that was chic, yet didn’t really have a theme – like rubber duckies or teddy bears.  Instead, I incorporated classic baby elements throughout the event, including baby shoes, baby blocks, a chic stork, a rattle, etc. and tried to keep the event feeling like it was to celebrate the Mama-to-be and her design aesthetic.

rattle-lighterGuests were greeted with my fresh daisy “rattle” hanging on the front door.  I was inspired by a photo I saw on pinterest of a faux flower one, and knew it would be the perfect addition to the shower.  I literally made this in under 10 minutes, right before the party started.  Trust me, you too, can make this statement piece!

rattle-detailDIY Project: Flower Rattle

Supplies: 8-10″ half-moon floral foam  |  3″ floral foam ball  |  empty paper towel roll  |  2 colors of ribbon  |  3-4 dozen daisies

Instructions: Wrap the empty paper towel roll with your desired color of ribbon (I used 7/8″ grosgrain), attaching the ends with either a glue gun or double-stick tape.  Insert one end into each the side of the half-moon and the floral foam ball to create your rattle shape.  Cut your daisy stems to be about 2-3″ long and starting in the center working out, insert them into the floral foam.  Continue until both balls are covered. Tie a ribbon around the base of the top ball, and leave a loop at the back to hang it on your door.

mantel-horizontal-fullI wanted to create a couple key focal points throughout the home, one of them being the living room fireplace, which was to serve as a backdrop to gift-opening.  The mantel was accessorized with custom poster prints that were placed in IKEA frames, vases of flowers, and garlands made of braided ribbons.  I hung newborn onesies in our color palette off the garland with mini wood clips.

clothespin-detailThe tables were set with crisp white tablecloths, white dishes and basic silverware and glassware.  We used a coral napkin as a pop of color, and each placesetting was topped with a copy of my Celebrity Baby Name Game, and a custom pencil that said “Sweet Baby Ware.”

table-overhead-horizontalMy sister’s chair held a special “Mama-to-Be” sign identifying her place of honor.

mama-sign-horizontalEach table held a large, rose-bowl centerpiece made up of white hydrangeas, coral roses, and orange and white parrot tulips.  I did a quick little DIY project to dress up basic vases….glitter polka dots.  This was a simple project that was inexpensive, quick to do, removable after the party, and could be done in ANY color palette to match ANY party.  Gotta love those projects!  See below for the instructions.

centerpiece-horizontal-negative-rightDIY Project: Glittered Polka Dot Vase

Supplies: basic vase  |  glue dots  |  glitter in your choice of colors (I prefer the Martha Stewart Shimmer colors)

Instructions: after peeling the glue dot off the backing, dip into desired color of glitter and attach to the vase.

due-date-verticalOne of my favorite additions to any baby shower, is a Guess the Baby’s Birthdate Calendar!  This chevron one has been such a hit, we now offer a coordinating design for each of our baby shower party collections.  It’s a great way to get guests to interact, and makes for a fun take-home for the parents-to-be!

quiche-horizontalSince we were serving lunch to a group of ladies, we opted for a few different salads, popovers with strawberry butter, and a “quiche bar” consisting of 4 different varieties, each labeled with a coordinating food tent card.  Signage is a great way to make a little concept make a big statement.

dessert-table-horizontal-right-sideThe dessert table was dressed in a sequin chevron tablecloth, and held white cake stands and platters.  Each was dressed with coordinating Cake Plate Clings.  Desserts included bite-size lemon tarts, raspberry mousse, lemon bars, cake pop rattles, cupcakes and cookies.

onesie-cookies-horizontalI asked a couple of my favorite sweets vendors to create couture desserts for the occasion.  Allyson Jane made these darling sugar cookies, and Lynlee Beckett made the adorable baby shoes fondant cupcake toppers and “baby” banner that hung on the cake.

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cupcakes-side-horizontalOne of the DIY projects I created for the dessert table, were the baby blocks that I used to prop up platters as cake stands.  You could certainly duplicate this look using scrapbook paper that coordinates with your event.

baby-blocksDIY Project: Decoupage Baby Blocks

Supplies: wood or cardboard blocks  |  scrapbook paper  |  modge podge

Instructions: cut your scrapbook paper to the exact size of your blocks.  Attach with the modge podge, and then glue your letters on top.  Once all sides are covered with paper, liberally apply modge podge on top of the paper, sealing at the corners and sides.  I suggest a couple of coats (allowing it to fully dry in between) to give it that glossy finish.

key-lime-tarts-horizontalOne of my favorite desserts were my cake pop rattles, and are a DIY recipe in my book, Stylish Kids’ Parties.

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May 20th, 2014 |

PARTY by WH HOSTESS | BABY BOY BAPTISM

DSC_0994My sweet baby boy was baptized in February, and I created a crisp blue, white and chartreuse green dessert table to celebrate the occasion.  I created a new collection of baptism & christening party invitations to be part of our new BABY by WH HOSTESS collection, and invited our guests with a crisp blue & white stripe invitation.  For the party goods, I decided to run with the blue & white theme, but add in a touch of chartreuse green for a pop of Spring.  (with a foot of snow on the ground, it was nice to have something that looked fresh!)  I used the paper goods from our new Baby Safari Baby Shower collection, swapping out the animals for a cross on some items.

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cookies petit foursThe celebration was held at my parent’s home, and we set up the dessert table in front of a wall of french glass doors.  I flanked the table with two 36″ blue balloons, tied with green and white striped ribbon.  I covered the table with a floor-length navy tablecloth, and edged the top with a blue & white greek key tape from MJ Trimming.

7I created a large floral arrangement of pale blue flowers and white tulips in a tall, white urn.  It created a nice focal point, and softened up the lines of the greek key trim.  My all-white cake stands and serving platters were topped with coordinating Cake Plate Clings in stripes, polka dots and the new green & blue ikat pattern.

macaronsphoto (44)Desserts included cupcakes, cake pops, lemon bars, macarons, brownies, petite fours, and gorgeous sugar cookies from Firefly Confections.

strawsHere is my sweet boy, looking quite stunned that I was allowing him to wear all white for this special occasion! ;)  I had a hard time picking an outfit for him – I didn’t want him in a traditional gown – so I ended up with this sweet cableknit outfit from Ralph Lauren.  I loved how sweet and cozy he looked on this very snowy, February day.

photo (27)It was a wonderful day full of family and friends – and we feel so blessed to have shared it with everyone!

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March 17th, 2014 |

PINK & GREEN 40th BIRTHDAY

pink and green dinner party tablesettingWe had a fun weekend celebrating one of my best friends’ 40th birthday at a lovely dinner party hosted by her husband.  Knowing that she appreciates the special touches we design for our clients, he asked me to make the table look special with some centerpieces and paper goods.

pink peony centerpieceSince it’s still very much winter here in Chicago, I thought we could all use a touch of Spring (even if just for the evening!).  I opt’d to create full, pink arrangements in mercury glass footed bowls.  I included pink peonies, roses, and a few white tulips and green leaves for contrast.

I placed three of the arrangements in the center of the table, alternating them with modern glass candelabras that held green candles.  Tea lights were scattered about to add variation to the levels of “twinkle lights”.

pink and green placesettingThe placesettings were set with basic white napkins, so I dressed them up with placecard bands and menu cards.  Playing off the preppy pink and green color palette, I used stripes to make it look a bit playful.

pink and green party paper goods by wh hostessThe cake was from our local bakery, Deerfield’s Bakery and was DELICIOUS, as always.  It was covered in flowers to look like a garden, and I had a custom acrylic cake topper made that exclaimed “Sarah is Forty!”

cakeIt was a lovely evening for one special lady.  And so fun to come in and set a pretty table! ;)

January 14th, 2014 |

STYLISH KIDS’ PARTIES | IT’S HERE!

Stylish Kids' Parties party planning book from Kelly LydenIt’s a happy, happy day around here when I can share such good news: My debut book, Stylish Kids’ Parties, is officially on bookshelves and available for purchase!  My goal with this book was to help you plan, design and execute festive kids’ parties that wow adults and thrill little ones! Filled with 12 creative and colorful party ideas, Stylish Kids’ Parties shows you how to confidently tackle party preparation by using color palettes and themes that carry through–from invitations and decorations to party favors and treats. Complete with DIY tips, recipes, projects, themed activities and templates, you’ll love these party ideas for boys and girls, first birthday celebrations, baby showers and holiday gatherings.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Ideas for 12 themed parties that inspire a child’s imagination.
  • Beautiful and cost-effective DIY projects, decorations and recipes.
  • Instructions and ideas for games, activities and memory-making opportunities.
  • Bonus templates for quick invitations, party favors, gift tags and more.
  • Photography and party suggestions to help fuel your creaivity.

Make memories that last a lifetime with the help of Stylish Kids’ Parties!  You can purchase the book in stores around the country, as well as from these online merchants:

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Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and support this past year and a half!  I can’t wait to fill you in more on the exciting projects and recipes in the book – stay tuned for some exciting launch “parties” to happen soon!

September 3rd, 2013 |

STYLISH KIDS’ PARTIES | COVER + PRE-ORDER LAUNCH

Stylish Kids Parties a book by Kelly Lyden cover design and pre-order informationHappy September, Friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful summer!  As you could see from how quiet the blog was the last couple months, I took some time to really enjoy this particular moment in time in my life.  Focusing only on WH Hostess orders, finishing up the book, and spending quality time with friends and family.  It was a good summer.  Sure to be followed by a great fall and even more exciting winter.  But more to come on that later!

It’s September and we are BACK.  Get excited for new posts on Fall entertaining, holiday ideas, party ideas and new product launches.  We’re excited to be back in the swing of things and hope you will join us daily for inspiration.

Today’s exciting news….Stylish Kids’ Parties (my very first book) is officially on the printing presses and due to ship from stores November 6th!  This book has been such a labor of love to put together, but also so fun and so rewarding.  Filled with fun, creative and colorful party ideas, Stylish Kids’ Parties shows today’s DIYer how to confidently tackle party preparation by using color palettes and themes that carry through–from invitations and decorations to party favors and treats. Complete with DIY tips, recipes, projects, and themed activities, Stylish Kids’ Parties features party ideas for boys and girls, first birthday celebrations, baby showers and holiday parties. Readers will be able to easily duplicate these great ideas, creating parties that are appealing to children and adults alike!

We’re sharing the cover design with you above…..what do you think?!  It’s just a peek of how colorful and fun this book is!  And I am also here to tell you that the book is now available for pre-order on two sites.  It’s a great resource to have on your bookshelf, and will also make a fabulous holiday gift this year!

Pre-Order Stylish Kids’ Parties

  • whhostess.com – pre-order your autographed copy of Stylish Kids’ Parties from our site.  
  • amazon.com – pre-order your copy of Stylish Kids’ Parties

More shops to come soon.  If you own a store, or know of a local shop that you think would like to sell Stylish Kids’ Parties, please e-mail me at hostess@thepartydress.net.

Thank you for all of your support and enthusiasm during this last year of putting together the book.  Can’t wait for you all to see the final product!

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June 7th, 2013 |

INDIGO PARTY with PATRIOTIC FLAIR | MARTHA CELEBRATES

poms introI’m always excited to discover a new line of party goods!  So when the editors at Martha Stewart asked me to style a party around the new Indigo collection of paper goods from the brand new Martha Celebrations collection for JCPenny….I jumped at the opportunity!

You all know my love affair with a crisp blue and white palette.  I loved the combination of the traditional basketweave pattern with the more whimsical floral.  You could really mix this collection with a variety of accent colors: yellow, hot pink, or in my case, red.  I decided to throw my little gathering over Memorial Day weekend, so I threw in a few touches of patriotic red to create this festive look.  And idea you could reinterpret for the upcoming 4th of July celebrations.

tablesetting pomsYou can see that I chose to mix the gorgeous paper goods with a few traditional table elements: an oversized tonal windowpane tablecloth, my everyday flatware, and acrylic water glasses. Let me tell you, mixing paper elements into this tablesetting made clean-up that much easier!

angled plates overheadSquare plates, such as these, offer an opportunity to have some fun with placement.  You can see here that I angled the salad/dessert plate on top of the dinner plate, offering a fun look.

cupcake on plateA tablesetting looks even more festive with a cupcake waiting for each guest at their place!  I dressed up my basic vanilla cupcakes with Martha Celebrate’s coordinating liners and floral picks.

paper cupAs I mentioned above, I decided to mix these darling paper tumblers with my acrylic water glasses.  I added a red and white striped paper straw to it for that pop of red.

sunflowersSunflowers SCREAM summer to me, so a small bunch on the table was the perfect addition.

drink horizontalI served up one of my favorite summer drinks: a sparkling strawberry lemonade.  This drink is SO simple to mix up.  Simply combine 1 part sparkling water with 2 parts lemonade, add in the juice of strained strawberries (how much is up to you), and a few tablespoons of simple syrup.  Sweet, a little bubbly and the very refreshing for a hot day!

drinkI mentioned the darling cupcake liner + floral picks above, but take a peek at the details of the set here….it’s just darling!

cupcake standcupcake liners detailLast but not least, I packaged up some red candy to send home with my guests as a little party favor.  These little slide boxes were the perfect piece to complete the look of my party.

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All the MarthaCelebrations at JCPenney products featured in this post were provided by
the Editors at Martha Stewart Living, a team that loves a good party and deeply admires
the bloggers who throw them.

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